The great thing about making Granola Bars is that you can be super flexible with the ingredients. Use up your store cupboard dribs and drabs as you mix and match the variety of dried fruits, nuts and seeds to your own tastes. If you or someone in your family has a nut allergy then just omit the nuts and add in extra dried fruit or some tasty seeds.
I was given this recipe from my good friend Katie Langley who made and shared her delicious Seville Orange Marmalade with us a couple of weeks ago. We had one with our coffee as I was photographing Katie at work and I was hooked.
These Granola Bars are easy to make at home and perfect for breakfast on the go or for popping into school lunch boxes. We wrapped ours up and had them as a pocket snack on one of our walks this week; we took along a spare one for Teddy our pooch…I think the photo says it all!
In our house, the only problem with these Granola Bars is that they don’t last long enough!
I do love a homemade granola; my friend Kirstin shared her recipe with me and I whip up a batch every now and then to have handy in an airtight container.
The idea of making it sticky with honey and butter and shaping into bars is a great one and would be perfect for a walk home from the gym or pool (when I am always starving!).
Porridge Oats are a great source of energy being high in fibre and protein, proven to lower cholesterol and protect against heart disease. They also rank a "low GI".
Not so for the sugar part of this recipe so if its a health kick you're after you can leave this ingredient out! ;-)
I'm a fan of blueberries, heather honey and pumpkin seeds in my loose breakfast granola and so I'm going to try it out here and report back on how successful the combination works with a chew and a chomp!
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Nicki xBy Nicola Martin